Reform stalled: tax paper reset, PC chair blasts deadlock


Peter Harris

Major reports by public servants are languishing and reform is stalled, declares the Productivity Commission chair in an address on what went wrong at COAG on competition policy reform. Treasurer Scott Morrison says that’s not going to happen to taxation reform, even as the white paper is reset.

Treasurer Scott Morrison says the government’s white paper on taxation is not axed and its “already very broad” scope won’t be changed, after it was reported by Fairfax Media that the Treasury’s work had been dumped and there would be a rethink from the ground up.

Reform isn’t being abandoned, Morrison told a press conference this afternoon to clarify the white paper’s future. “This is a very exciting time to be involved in public policy,” he said, with the tax white paper being critical to the government’s economic plans.